The Conversation, a US politic rag that is a bit self righteous and 'right on' has apparently had a hissy fit. At http://phys.org/print356942688.html ... we learn that one of its correspondents is not happy and is in denial that a sun spot minimum may cause lower global temperatures. He also claims that as we have so much more co2 in the atmosphere than we had back in the 17th century it is false reasoning to think a new Maunder Minimum necessarily means a return to a Mini Ice Age scenario.
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At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/07/16/the-three-faces-of-the-giss-land-o... ... is an interesting post by Bob Tisdale, a specialist on ENSO events (and well clued up). He has looked at US data that has recently got a lot warmer (recently) and a lot cooler (50 to 100 years ago) simply by adjusting the data sets, or switching to a different data set (and splicing the two). This is all quite blatant and the purpose appears to have a political slant. The ambition of the present administration is to go out with something memorable under their belts.
At www.holoscience.com/wp/global-warming-in-a-climate-of-ignorance/ ... for anyone who might like the idea the Sun drives climate on the Earth this is a read you might enjoy - especially if you understand what the Electric Universe is all about. Too much information to put in a small post.
At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/07/18/climate-change-baltic-herring-and-... ... is a guest post by Tim Ball, a Canadian scientist that got on the wrong side of the Green Blob (some years ago now but his name still resonates with the doomsayers as an infidel and unbeliever. Actually, he has never done very much to dispute the science - he was miffed when the CAGW alarmists tried to airbrush the Medieval Warm Period out of history. It has since been brushed down, polished up, and reinstated - the evidence was overwhelming that it was a reality.
An interesting video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi-V1EzI_TU ... Bruce Leybourne at a conference. He claims global temperatures over the last century reflect 30 year weakening trends and 30 year strengthening trends as a result of the solar magnetic field. Although the solar connection is well known, usually described as a 60 year cycle, Leybourne has gone further by associating it with electro-magnetism.
Climate alarmism is very political. It can also be quite amusing. At http://notrickszone.com/2015/07/06/noaa-fudging-turns-into-a-mess-bangor... .... and http://notrickszone.com/2015/07/07/noaas-data-debacle-alterations-ruin-1... ... by token of the law of unintended consequences.
The Royal Society, that august body that is fond of admiring itself in the window and bending the forelock towards the upper echelons, mouthing platitudes and disregarding anything scientifically novel, has come up with an absolute classic. A professor of note doesn't know where Nepal, India and Pakistan get their drinking water.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have been exploring a cave in Scotland, just to the north of Ullapool. They have been able to track cyclic changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation which affects climate in NW Europe. It confirms other studies - and even confirms dear old HH Lamb (all those years ago). By measuring the thickness of annual growth rings on five stalagmites taken from the Uamh an Tartair cave, a shallow cave beneath a blanket of peat, they were able to map out rainfall over a 3000 year period.
EM Smith has been looking at water vapour in the air at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/its-the-water-and-a-lot-more-vapor/ ... after sitting in his garden drinking some beer and feeling the heat of the Californian sun burning his skin. Heat is dry in California but when he was working in Florida last year, it was also hot, but humid - and he didn't burn.